The Hartt Community Division continues its magical holiday tradition with Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Nutty Nutcracker performance closes the series on Sunday evening, December 15!

nut bookmark 2013 aThe Hartt School Community Division will open its traditional production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 PM. As a special treat this season, the Hartt Dance Department will also offer a Nutty Nutcracker.  If you’re a Nutcracker “regular,” you are in for a comical evening with this off-the-wall version of the original   Nutcracker. The Nutty Nutcracker, will premiere on Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 PM. Hartt’s Nutcracker production includes two casts from its Pre-Professional and Children’s Ballet programs, former dancers from the Hartford Ballet, and surprise cameo appearances by several local celebrities and dignitaries. In total, the cast numbers more than 100 performers.poster possible

Traditional Nutcracker Performances:

  • Friday, December 13 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 PM

Hartford premiere of the Nutty Nutcracker

  • Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 PM

All performances are held in Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Tickets will be available to the public on November 12, 2013.  Admission to the traditional Nutcracker is $30 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under; and $20 for students and senior citizens with ID.  Ticket prices for the Nutty Nutcracker are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit to purchase tickets.

_LON2378Set to Peter IIyitch Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, Hartt’s The Nutcracker features choreography by Community Division Dance Department’s Artistic Director Samantha Dunster, lighting by Production Designer Dewey Strang, brilliant costumes, a Christmas tree that grows to tremendous heights, snow falling and the ultimate battle between Clara’s beloved Nutcracker and his nemesis, The Rat King. Ms. Dunster’s choreography maintains the highest traditional quality of this holiday classic and lends itself to an enchanting evening for the whole family.  “I look forward every year to our production of this time-honored tradition,” says Ms. Dunster, “The combination of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music, the radiant costumes, stunning sets and lighting all paired with our immensely talented students makes for a magical holiday experience for young and old alike.”

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